The Fruitless Crown

The Fruitless Crown

Macbeth Essay - #40

At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as such a strong, heroic character with a good morality, that is was almost inhuman. But once he hears the prophesies given by the witches, he puts those positive qualities towards his own greed. Throughout the play we see how Macbeth puts was a strong brave man, but his desire for power made him use his talented abilities for the wrong things. In the end, after all the horrifying deeds Macbeth had done, he manages to end it with dignity. At this point we see the Macbeth from the beginning again, which makes his final ending even more tragic.

After Macbeth killed Duncan to become king, he felt that he didn’t deserve his position as king. He used the terms “fruitless crown”, and “barren gripe” to describe how he only had the physical things he needed to be a king. (III, iii, 62-63) We see that Macbeth still has the same sense of morality he did before he killed Duncan. Macbeth feels that he doesn’t deserve to be king because of the dishonest way he got there.

Now that Macbeth is king, he’s worried that because Banquo heard the prophesies aswell, and that Banquo will try to get rid of him so his sons will become kings like the witches predicted. Macbeth decides that he can’t take the chance of this happening. Event though Banquo was Macbeth’s closest friend, he chose his position as king over him. Macbeth explains, “Things bad begun, make strong themselves by ill/ So prothee, go with me. “ (III, iii, 55-56). Macbeth is saying that since he started doing bad things, it’s easier to just continue in the direction he’s going rather than trying to turn back. We’re now starting to see how Macbeth is forgetting about the things that he actually cares about because he says is too hard for him to change his path. The power that Macbeth has grown on him, and he wants to keep it. Macbeth still feels guilty, but he’s decided that since he’s started there’s no point stopping now. At this point in...

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